I am resting up a bit at the moment from my own worldwide search for a home. As such I've had time to catch up on other travel related stories out there.
I would be interested to know if anyone has a link or details of great travellers out there. This is where I have to be a pain and probably tick some people off. By 'great' I mean the likes of Karl Bushby, I just wrote an article about him on my blog here (check my profile). He is on an overland quest to walk around the world. It will take 12 years +, he's currently 10 years into it. The first man to swim the Bering Straits. He has a book too. (Ok enough plugging Karl, I swear I am not affiliate to him).
I know there is a woman out there driving a tractor through africa and the like. Don't know too much about it so can't comment about it yet. But it's more the inspirational stories of great travellers currently on the road or just finished that I would be interested in reading about, if anyone has info on them. Feel free to post here or send me a PM
Let's avoid the stories of "Tom and Mary's RTW for a party" type things (I have no idea if there is a Tom and Mary out there doing a RTW Party, so apologies if there is).
For an idea of what I am on about have a look at Karl's website, just do a search on his name to find it. Or else just have a look at my blog, there's a link there to his site.
Moderator: I hope it is alright that people post links to interesting stories regarding the above!
I would have to say Tom and Mary's RTW party is one of the most amazing adventures at the moment.. oh wait, we're not allowed to mention them
Interesting topic though; there was a guy travelling across Asia on horseback, but I can't remember his name. I think that would classify.
There's some pretty impressive trips being done by TP'ers. Frank Muldowney pushed an empty wheelchair all the way across Australia (from Western Australia to Byron Bay). The story is on his blog.
Am reading Frank Muldowney blog now. Great stuff.
I know Jonny Bealby rode a horse across Asia in one of his books. "Silk Dreams, Troubled Road", not sure as that counts as he was doing it for TV. Still a good read. Don't know if that's the one you mean?
Same goes for Ewan McGregor's Long Way Round on Motorbikes. Loved the story but can't put him down as a great Traveller in the sense of the original post. They had two support vehicles and a world of corporate sponsorship behind them. Still, loved the TV series. Lost interest in the second series when McGregor asked for a new bike seat to be flown into Tunisia because his bum was getting sore with the old one
Ah, found the guy; Tim Cope. That site is bound to fill any serious traveller with envy!
We've got some really interesting travel blogs listed on our other site, Travel Blogs. Some really interesting adventures are highlighted there. As an example, Carolyn McIntyre's blog Girl Solo in Arabia documents her tracing the steps of legendary traveller Ibn Battuta.
The Tractor to Africa person is a Dutch woman.
This guy Colin Angus can be a little infuriating because a lot of times I think he ends up getting into trouble because of his ego, but he has had some amazing adventures. Colin Angus' website.
There are a group of guys driving around the world: World by Road, though they are currently on hiatus at the moment.
I just started reading a blog by a fellow who is going to ride a motorbike in a counter-clockwise direction around Africa, though so far he's still in South Africa. He has a blog called African downshift. I found his blog through a website called Africa Overland which has a number of blogs of people who are travelling independently overland in various vehicles. (They website appears down now - perhaps it will be up later).
Rory Stewart walked across Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, India and Nepal- a journey of 6000 miles. Pretty cool I thought. I'm reading his account of the Afghanistan part at the moment.
Ralf Potts wrote Vagabonding and seems to spend his life travelling a whole lot.
Ludovi Chubler spent five years hitchhiking around the world. The site's in French and his English translation does not work at the moment. Where's babelfish again...
shows the blogs from Christoph Rehage,a German who is walking from Peking back to Germany.
He walked till now 3000 km